I wrote earlier today about Ian Anderson imploding for the Gwinnett Stripers on Sunday. He put together one of the worst starts of his career at any level, failing to make it out of the first inning after giving up three homers and six runs in total. However, it wasn’t all bad in Gwinnett today. Vaughn Grissom had three-hits, including this home run over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the tenth.
The Stripers would go onto lose by a score of 13-12 over 11 innings, but that’s not all that important when it comes to the Braves. They are looking for guys who can contribute in Atlanta, and Vaughn Grissom continues to make his case to be on the roster. He now has five hits in 12 at-bats this season, including two triples and a homer. He’s also walked three times, giving him an on-base percentage north of .500. It won’t be long before he’s back with the Braves if he keeps performing like this, whether he figures it out defensively or not.
A couple of other names to watch: Braden Shewmake went 0-for-6. I still don’t think his offense is anywhere close to being major-league ready. However, Eli White is someone to keep an eye on. He had two homers on Sunday, and his OPS is up to 1.675. White is hoping to prove his hot Spring Training wasn’t a fluke and earn a spot on the Braves bench. His plus-defense and speed make him an intriguing option.
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